A FAIRYTALE love story ended tragically for a young family after a 24-year-old man was allegedly murdered on Thursday, leaving behind the woman he recently married and their six-day-old daughter.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said Josevata Naisali was allegedly assaulted by a group of men outside a Nadi service station after a heated argument over a packet of cigarettes.
She said five men were in custody. "The incident occurred at 10.45pm and the deceased was conveyed to the Nadi Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigations are continuing," Ms Naisoro said.
Speaking at the family home at Maqalevu in Nadi, yesterday, the young widow Nanise Salabuco said she was still trying to understand "why a life was snatched so early".
"I was feeding our baby when my mother-in-law relayed the sad news," she said. "At first I was shocked to hear the news, I tried not to believe it because I was thinking of our daughter who will be one-week-old tomorrow (today). In fact we were supposed to take our daughter for clinic today (yesterday).
"I cannot believe that he's dead. I don't know what to do. He worked for a water taxi company on Denarau and was the only one providing food for us three. Life will not be the same for me and my daughter."
Father of the deceased Jone Nakolilevu said news of his son's death was the saddest moment in his life.
"We are shocked and saddened by the death of my son and the worst part, we weren't there by his side when the incident happened," he said.